7-Day Foodie Itinerary on Fiji Experiencing Islands and Culture
For those who love to discover cultures through local cuisine, try fabulous food, and travel from place to place, then this “Fiji Foodie Itinerary: 7 Days (Islands & Culture)” is for you. From the mainland of Viti Levu to the “Garden Island” of Taveuni to the diverse Vanua Levu, this foodie itinerary takes you all over Fiji exploring some of the archipelago’s best islands for foodies.
In this 1-week itinerary, we guide you through the foodie activities along with the accommodations that have either self-catering facilities or irresistible restaurants.
Note that this itinerary is for foodies who want to be on the move. For a more relaxed itinerary with less travel, see How to Spend 7 Days on a Foodie Vacation in Fiji TI057. Alternatively, for a road trip itinerary, see Fiji Foodie Itinerary: 7 Days (Viti Levu Self-Drive Tour).
How to Get Around Fiji in 7 Days
The seven-day foodie itinerary below involves overwater travel between islands, as well as road transport to various activities. Here is a quick rundown of how to get around Fiji on a one-week trip.
Overwater Transport in Fiji
This itinerary includes two domestic flights between the islands of Viti Levu and Taveuni, then from Vanua Levu to Viti Levu. These flights have a frequent schedule of several times a day at least five days a week. To get between Taveuni and Vanua Levu on this itinerary, we suggest either taking the passenger ferry or a helicopter transfer. Find out more in 8 Ways to Get to Taveuni (& Get Around Taveuni) and 6 Ways to Get to Vanua Levu (& Get Around Vanua Levu).
Road Transport in Fiji
Your first day will involve getting around Nadi, which can be cheaply done through taxis and buses. Hiring private drivers for the day or joining a sightseeing tour is another way to get around Nadi with ease. Find out more in 6 Ways to Get to Nadi (& Get Around Nadi). Taxis, buses and private drivers are also available to get around Taveuni and Vanua Levu, best organised through your chosen resort. See 8 Ways to Get to Taveuni (& Get Around Taveuni) and 6 Ways to Get to Vanua Levu (& Get Around Vanua Levu) for more information on getting around the islands.
Day 1 – Nadi
Welcome to Nadi, Fiji’s arrival city! Foodies shouldn’t leave this bustling hub just yet where there is a wealth of food-related activities to try. Nadi is one of Fiji’s most diverse cities, with eateries serving food from all around the world, as well as Fijian and Indo-Fijian cuisine. Checking out one of the produce markets is a must, where you’ll see an array of weird and wonderful fruit and vegetables, as well as get tips for how to prepare them from friendly stallholders. Plus, if you have time, why not try a Fijian cooking class with the Flavours of Fiji cooking school (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor)? After checking out the city, settle into your accommodation. The list below has recommendations for both self-catering accommodation (so you can make use of your produce market purchases), as well as hotels and resorts with amazing restaurants.
Accommodation in Nadi for Foodies
Self-catering accommodation in Nadi:
- Ramada by Wyndham Wailoaloa Beach
- Anchorage Beach Resort
- Wailoaloa Beach Resort
- Grand West’s Villas
- Sapphire Bay Fiji
Accommodation with good restaurants:
- Fiji Marriott Hotel Momi Bay
- Fiji DoubleTree Resort by Hilton – Sonaisali Island
- Smugglers Cove Beach Resort
- Club Fiji Resort
- Fiji Hideaway Resort, Vuda
For more information about each resort/hotel, check out 10 Accommodation in Nadi for Foodies.
Things to Do in Nadi for Foodies
- Check out the Nadi produce markets in Namaka and Nadi town
- Take a Fijian cooking class at the Flavours of Fiji cooking school (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor)
- Indulge in a traditional Fijian lovo feast at one of the resorts
- Sample some Indo-Fijian street eats at the Nadi curry houses
- Try some Fijian-style dishes in one of the local restaurants – see recommendations in Guide to the Best Eats & Restaurants in Nadi.
Check out our 10 Things to Do in Nadi for Foodies for more ideas and information.
Day 2 – Nadi to Taveuni
Travel time: 1h25min flight
It’s time to leave the mainland and discover some of the stunning outer islands of Fiji. Hop on a plane at Nadi International Airport to Matei Airport on the island of Taveuni. Taveuni is known as the “Garden Island” thanks to its volcanic fertile soils and its fair share of rain. With that, most of the resorts, villages and restaurants on Taveuni have their own productive gardens resulting in superbly fresh meals. Resorts also offer tours of their organic gardens, among other foodie activities which we’ll go through tomorrow. For now, check into your Taveuni resort, of which we have recommendations below.
Foodie Accommodation on Taveuni
Self-catering accommodation on Taveuni
- Vacala Bay Resort
- Raiwasa Private Resort
- Taveuni Rental Accommodations
- Aroha Taveuni Beach Front Bures
- Makaira Resort Villas
Accommodation with good restaurants on Taveuni
- Matangi Private Island Resort
- Qamea Resort & Spa
- Taveuni Palms Resort
- Coconut Grove Beachfront Cottages
- Taveuni Dive Resort
Day 3 – Taveuni
Today, you have more time to explore Taveuni where food plays a core role in visiting this island. Kava drinking, Fijian village meals, coconut husking and fishing are all part of day-to-day life here all making fantastic foodie experiences. Additionally, the Spice of Life Superfood Tour with Gaiatree Sanctuary is a great option for foodies who want to learn more about healthy and sustainable living (more info on Viator and Tripadvisor).
Things to Do on Taveuni for Foodies
- Learn how to cook local food in a Fijian cooking lesson or demonstration
- Be welcomed into a village with a kava ceremony during a village tour
- Learn about the many uses for coconuts in a coconut demonstration
- Join the superfood tour at the Gaiatree Sanctuary (on Viator and Tripadvisor)
- Sample real Fijian meals in a village homestay
Find out more about each activity and more in 10 Things to Do on Taveuni for Foodies.
Day 4 – Taveuni
That’s right, we’re recommending that you spend an extra day on this magnificent island. To burn off some of those meals you’ve been indulging in, how about hiking to waterfalls in the Bouma National Heritage Park or scuba diving at the Rainbow Reef? Find out more of Taveuni’s top activities in 10 Must-Dos on Taveuni. Or, if your mantra is “why stop what you’ve started?”, try more foodie experiences like taking part in a Fijian or Indo-Fijian cooking lesson or sitting down for an educational Fijian medicinal talk.
Additionally, get more foodie inspiration from The Foodie Guide to Taveuni.
Day 5 – Taveuni to Vanua Levu
Travel time: 30 minutes by helicopter/1h10mins bus and ferry
From the Garden Island to Fiji’s second-largest island, it’s time to do a bit more island-hopping. Either treat yourself to a scenic helicopter flight between Taveuni and Vanua Levu by taking the ferry to Buca Bay on Vanua Levu across the Somosomo Strait. Once you arrive at Buca Bay, a bus transfer takes you to one of the main hubs of Vanua Levu, Savusavu. The town is a picturesque bay that has a fantastic array of eateries, as well as hot springs where locals demonstrate how they use them to cook food. After you’ve had a look around Savusavu, take a taxi or a resort transfer to your chosen accommodation.
Accommodation on Vanua Levu for Foodies
Self-catering accommodation on Vanua Levu
- Fiji Lodge: Vosa Ni Ua
- Korovesi Sunshine Villas
- Sigasiga Sands Resort
- Island Breeze Fiji
- Hidden Paradise Guest House
Accommodation with good restaurants
- Savasi Island Resort
- The Remote Resort
- Koro Sun Resort
- Namale Resort & Spa
- Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
Find out more about each Vanua Levu accommodation with our 10 Best Accommodation on Vanua Levu for Foodies. Plus, check out more self-contained accommodation suggestions in our 10 Best Holiday Homes on Vanua Levu.
Day 6 – Vanua Levu
Much like Taveuni, many of the resorts on Vanua Levu source produce from their own organic gardens, as well as fish from the surrounding waters. Needless to say, this results in fresh and flavourful cuisine, which can be tried in international and local ways. If there’s a foodie activity that you’ve missed on the itinerary so far, chances are, the resorts on Vanua Levu will have them on the table, including lovo feasts, private beach picnics, cooking classes, market visits, kava ceremonies, medicine walks and even mud-crabbing. See the list below for recommendations or check out The Foodie Guide to Vanua Levu.
Things to Do on Vanua Levu for Foodies
- Meet the locals at the Savusavu and Labasa markets
- Learn about all the different uses of coconut in a coconut demonstration
- Experience mud-crabbing at dusk
- Have a “destination dining” experience on the beach, by a waterfall, an overwater jetty or a sea cave
- Learn how to make the freshest pina colada in a cocktail lesson
For more information on each experience, head to our 10 Things to Do on Vanua Levu for Foodies.
Day 7 – Vanua Levu to Nadi International Airport
Travel time: 1h10mins
After seven days, you’re sure to have had some enriching cultural experiences through Fiji’s flavours. But before you get the holiday blues, enjoy one last scenic flight from Savusavu Airport direct to Nadi International Airport. From there, you’ll be able to make your connecting flight out of Fiji with ease. Perhaps pick up some Fijian snacks or a “kava kit” from the souvenir stores before you leave?